Architecture of Peace - How do we materialize peace?

Conference and Workshops in Rotterdam

Auditorium, Netherlands Architecture Institute (Nai), Rotterdam
3. + 4. May 2010

A cooperative project of Archis Interventions, the NAI, Partizan Publik and the University of Amsterdam

The project Architecture of Peace calls upon professionals from the fields of architecture, urbanism, development studies, sociology and conflict studies to engage in long-term research and action directed at rebuilding the post-conflict city.

The inaugural conference presented a variety of professionals with a background in resolving urban conflicts. On the first day, lectures were delivered by Sultan Barakat of the Post-war Reconstruction and Development Unit (PRDU), Department of Politics, University of York; Cees Hamelink of the Free University Amsterdam; Hilton Judin of the Witwatersand University, Johannesburg; Jolyon Leslie of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Afghanistan; Paul van Tongeren of Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC); Kai Vöckler of Archis Interventions. The second day included presentations on Kabul by Allard Wagemaker of the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, International Security Studies Department, Netherlands Defense Academy, Breda; and on Nicosia by Gert Breugem of the Urban Development Department, Almere. Lecturers and guests further explored these themes and issues in workshops. A report on the outcomes will be presented soon online.